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The Perfect Betrayal

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Wow what an incredible book. From start to finish it had me hooked and I LOVED the twist and the ending.
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I devoured The Perfect Betrayal in one sitting, I loved it. Hooked me in straight away. A great page turner with a fantastic ending.
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I received a digital ARC of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This has been on my 'to-read' pile for too long but I'm glad I finally got round to reading it! It was my first encounter with this author but it had good reviews so I was excited to see what the book had in store. 

I loved it! I couldn't put it down! I thought I knew what the twist was going to be but I was wrong. Once all the clues are explained, it seems so obvious but I genuinely didn't have a clue. The ending really took me by surprise.

Great characters, great story. Will definitely recommend to others who like this genre of book.
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would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this gripping novel

ohh where to start with this one as i dont want to give to much away....

tess and jamie, mother and son
mark the husband and dad is dead...he was in some sort of crash, which becomes clearer as the story progresses

ian the brother...lets not talk about him, you will find out why

and the grief counsellor, who overstepped the boundaries

wow what a story...its hard hitting and compelling reading and the twist wow...didnt quite see that ending

my first novel by this author but it wont be my last
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With thanks to Netgalley 

The perfect Betrayal is a good and steady thriller. Keep me guessing throughout the book.
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Great read. I read a lot of psychological thrillers but this one kept me guessing. I couldn't put it down.
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Really loved this book, a brilliant story, which kept you wanting to read more. Great ending too, didn't see that coming. Well written, will definitely be looking for books by Lauren North.
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After the sudden death of her husband, Tess is drowning in grief and struggling to cope with life. She has a son, Jamie, whom she vows to fiercely protect, as any mother would.

Then we meet Shelley, a grief counsellor who you can’t help but like, she is kind, understanding and is there for Tess at what is one of the hardest times of her life. But then comes the plot twist, all is not sure as it seems with her husbands death, what if he isn’t dead after all, where has Shelley actually come from, is Jamie safe?

With Tess at her most vulnerable, could everything and everyone she know and love be in danger? What does a Perfect Betrayal mean?

Now I saw where this story was going and whilst I do like a plot twist to be shocking, I still enjoyed reading this one, even if I had guessed the outcome!
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I really enjoyed this book, the main character was likeable and the plot was decent. I’d defo read more from the author. I loved the ending and didn’t see it coming! Great book!
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This book has its ups and downs. The speed is acceptable and so is the character development. But the story seems to be missing something and it annoyed me. 
Parts of the book are really exciting making me want to read past my bedtime but next the story would take a turn and it was easy to put it down. It did serve to get a feeling for the mental state of Tess but it made me loose interest in the story a bit.
This book is a great read for a rainy or a pool day.
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What a book!

Tess wakes up in the hospital following her sons birthday.  She doesn't understand what is going on and why nobody is listening, really listening, to anything that she has to say.   She has been stabbed and her 8 year old son, Jamie is missing.  

Tess is struggling.  Her husband, Mark died recently in a plane crash.  They had only recently moved back to Mark's childhood home in a lovely rural village and Tess has found it difficult to get used to living in the sticks and misses her old friends but Jamie is thriving and that's all that matters. 

Then Shelley arrives on the doorstep.  Shelley is a grief counsellor and she arrives in the lives of Tess and Jamie like a whirlwind and she soon becomes a friend to them both.  Helping them to realise that life does go on.

Then Tess becomes suspicious.  There are strange noises outside the house, silent phone calls, people seem to be following her and has someone really been in the house?

Does Shelley have an ulterior motive for being so friendly and helpful and why is Ian, Mark's brother suddenly trying to be so friendly?  They've never got on in the past. 
Tess overhears a few conversations between Shelley and Ian and becomes convinced that somehow, they are working together and somehow, it all involves Jamie.  And Jamie is all that Tess has left in the world and she won't let anything take him away from her. 

There was an amazing climax to this novel.  One that I didn't see coming and from reading other people's reviews, I'm not the only one who never figured it all out.  

I very rarely give a book a 5 star rating on Goodreads, but I'd give this book more if I could.
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Loved this story from the very beginning right to the end. It was sad and tense and the characters were interesting and as intriguing as the plot.  I look forward to more from the author.
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A thrilling read which kept me turning the pages, characters you care for and just brilliantly written.  Great novel!!
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Oh dear gods, make sure you have plenty of hankies at the ready for this one!

A truly jaw dropping book, "The Perfect Betrayal" is a tale of grief, loss and mystery written by a master storyteller to deliver a real gut punch of an ending. Beautiful in a bittersweet way, this is one of those books which will stay with you long after you finish it. 

Very few books are truly must read, but this is one really is.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC without obligation.
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I couldn't stop reading this! I loved the fact that the narrative flipped between the countdown to Jamie's birthday and excerpts from present-day interviews with Tess. I felt a real sense of foreboding as the countdown got ever closer to the big day.  Plenty of twists and turns and the ending was perfect, didn't see it coming! I'll definitely look out for more from Lauren North in the future!
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Tess' s husband has been killed in a plane crash leaving just her and her son, Jamie. To say she is not coping is an understatement.  She is literally falling apart and drowning in grief. Grief counsellor Shelley arrives into her life, and takes control, which Tess is only too happy to relinquish.  When Tess starts to suspect shes being followed and her husband's finanacial affairs are questioned, particularly over a "secret project" he was working on prior to his untimely death, she begins to suspect that Shelley may have an ulterior motive. With nowhere to turn, Tess doesn't know who she can trust.

This book really wasn't for me. Irritating characters, repetitive narrative, long and very drawn out, I seriously struggled to finish it.  The big reveal at the end did surprise me but only because I had something darker in mind as the possible ending.  2/5*
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A widow has lost her husband in a tragic aeroplane crash. Her grief was heart breaking to read and brilliantly portrayed.
Her son is missing early on in the book and she is being interviewed and they are refusing to answer her questions. 
There are twists and turns throughout and I didn't expect the ending.
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The Perfect Betrayal was a good read. It created a deep sense of foreboding throughout, so much so that I had to stop reading for short breaks every now and then because I had the jitters. Tess is in mourning, suffering terribly from grief after her husband’s death. We meet Shelley a councillor and Ian, her brother in law, both of whom claim to have her best interests at heart. Her grief isn’t subsiding however and her state of mind appears to be spiralling downwards. 
The plot itself was good in my opinion, and I did not see the ending coming at all. I had the novel penned as predictable for the most part until the last 10%  when I was very pleasantly surprised. I did feel however that Ian’s deception was somewhat unnecessary, and didn’t contribute well to the plot in general. It was a good thriller though, heartbreaking at times and well thought out.
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If I could just say READ THIS BOOK and leave it there, I would. Because that is really what it comes down to. You just have to READ IT! 

This book is just so bloody brilliant I have no words! The twist and that ending. No way did I see that coming! The shock left me reeling as it culminated to the last page. And then all the pieces finally fell into place and everything made perfect sense now. By the time I finished I wondered how on earth I was going to review it.

As the story begins, Tess is in ICU after being stabbed. How she was stabbed or by who was a mystery at this stage. She is incoherent from the strong painkillers they have her on but of one thing she is clear - her son Jamie is missing.

Of course the police are investigating, taking statements and asking questions...but why aren't they out there looking for Jamie? Tess points them in the direction of Shelley. She must have Jamie. Her and Ian, her brother-in-law. They are working together. Please, she whispers...find Jamie.

This may be where the book starts off, but it's not where the story begins...There is so much more that culminates to this point that will leave you tingling, breathless and yes, even crying. This book is so emotive I cannot even begin to tell you the range of emotions you feel reading it. So let's start at the beginning...

After the untimely death of her husband Mark in a plane crash, Tess is devastated. She struggles to come to terms with losing him, her grief and how to go on living without him. But at least she has Jamie, their 7 year old son. Without him, she would have nothing. Together, they would get through this. But neither of them know how to express their grief without anger, each drowning in their anguish.

Then one day Shelley Lange breezes in, filling the dark house with her bright cheeriness where there had only been sorrow. As a grief counsellor, Shelley was enlisted by her concerned mum to help Tess through her bereavement. But as Tess soon discovered, unlike anyone else, Shelley understood her pain, her anguish, her sorrow and her complete heartbreak. And unlike anyone else, Tess let Shelley into her world. She came to look forward to her visits and Jamie adored her. His face lit up each time Shelley was around, and Tess' heart broke a little each time wishing she had that same effect on her son.

As the days turn into weeks, Tess finds herself depending on Shelley more and more, cutting herself off from everyone as Shelley fends off calls from family and friends on Tess' behalf. 

But then strange things begins to happen. Tess gets the feeling she is being watched. Someone is following her. She starts getting threatening calls from an unknown number along with hang ups. Cars tailing her in the lane. Items are missing from her house and papers have been rifled through. Someone has been in her house. But who? She can only think of one person who has a key - her brother-in-law Ian.

Ian began bothering her about money Mark had supposedly lent him. But she can find no record of the loan and still Ian is adamant, claiming he told her all this at the funeral. The funeral?? For pity's sake, she was burying the love of her life and Ian was worried about some money??!! Why talk to her about it at the funeral? She could barely remember it, such was her grief. But he keeps pestering her, to the point Shelley stepped in and blocked his moves. In the end he leaves her with a form to sign to renounce herself as executor of Mark's will and leaving Ian as sole executor. Does he have an ulterior motive?

But between the calls from the man with the gravelly voice about Mark and Ian's claim that he'd had borrowed £100,000, Tess begins to wonder just what had her husband done? And why hadn't he told her?

Then Jamie begins to act out. He starts screaming at her and saying he wishes Shelley was his mummy! What has Shelley been saying to her son? Then one night, Tess wakes to find Shelley in Jamie's room sitting on the bed and singing him a lullaby, just as a mother would. When Shelley turns, the hate in her eyes pierces Tess to her core.

With the series of unsettling events, Tess begins to wonder just who can she trust? She begins to suspect Shelley as well as Ian, and more than once Tess heard Shelley and Ian angrily exchanging words in hushed tones. Was Shelley protecting her? Or was there something else going on? She begins begins to write things down, making note of all the unsettling occurrences, her fear that someone was out to get her and Jamie, the phone calls, the man in the garden...and then the hushed tones between Shelley and Ian. Was she going mad with grief or should she feel afraid? Tess didn't know anymore.

Which leaves us with the question - just who was betraying who?

Narrated primarily by Tess, there are snippets from Ian and Shelley sprinkled throughout as well as the questioning of Tess in the aftermath of her stabbing. These chapters are layered perfectly as the main story gradually unfolds through Tess' eyes. Her one line responses to conversations with Mark are heartbreaking, as she relives moments in time of the life they had shared together. An emotionally charged book, it is also an absorbing, riveting and massively addictive thriller I could not put down!

THE PERFECT BETRAYAL is exactly what a good psychological thriller should be. It was well written with deftly woven layers of emotion and suspense creating the type of thriller that makes you question everything everyone says and does - even Tess. And yet I never thought such a twisty thriller like this could have me crying by the end...but it did. The wealth of grief is so immense that your heart just breaks for Tess by the end of this book.

Honestly, I thought THE PERFECT BETRAYAL was going to be just another domestic thriller. And that's OK - as long as the story is compelling and intriguing I don't care as I would enjoy it anyways. But I was so wrong! This book is NOTHING like that. It is so much more. The immense depression, grief and emotions are completely heartbreaking. Everyone's motivations remain hidden throughout. Nothing is as it seems as you question everything. But it's the ending that will have you shocked and in tears. The twist that changed everything and yet it changed nothing. One thing is for sure, that ending will remain with me for a long time to come...and not every book does that to me.

THE PERFECT BETRAYAL is a title you really have the think about to make sense of. And by the end, you will. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If I could give it TEN STARS I would!

I would like to thank #LaurenNorth, #NetGalley and #RandomHouseUK #TransworldPublishers for an ARC of #ThePerfectBetrayal in exchange for an honest review.
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The Perfect Betrayal is ostensibly a psychological drama.  A young wife grieving the loss of her husband in a plane crash becomes paranoid following his death.  Featuring an unreliable narrator, this is a novel about bereavement and mental health.
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